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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – January 11th, 2018

The World Juniors are in the rearview mirror with a couple Canucks prospect picking up medals for their countries.

In the CHL, the trading deadlines have passed with one Canucks prospect being moved while another that had been rumoured to possibly being on the move ended up staying with his team.

There is plenty to be excited about in this week’s Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report

All the images of stats are from Elite Prospects.

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Western Hockey League

  • Another week passes and Kole Lind continutes to put up points. Since last week, he had one goal and three assists in three games. Extending his point streak to 10 games – he has 9 goals and 11 assists during that time.

  • Jakub Stukel continues to quietly put together a good second half – he had two goals and one assist in four games this past week. He was not moved at the trading deadline, so he will finish the season with the Hitmen.

Ontario Hockey League

  • Jonah Gadjovich returns to the OHL as a gold medal winner! He appeared in one game this past week but was held without a point. He missed todays’ contest due to illness.
  • Brett McKenzie finally dressed for the Owen Sound Attack after being traded there last week. He had one goal and one assist in three games. He played on a line with Gadjovich and Nick Suzuki on the weekend.

  • Matt Brassard continues to put together a decent season – this past week he had two goals and one assist in three games for the Generals.

  • Cole Candella had one assist in three games.
Name Pos Age League Team GP Record GAA SV% S/O
Michael DiPietro G 18 OHL Windsor 26 20-9-1 2.56 0.921% 3
  • Michael DiPietro ended up staying with the Windsor Spitfires despite interest from a few teams. They gutted their team and are rebuilding which means that DiPietro may see his numbers dip in the second half.

NCAA

  • Gaudette continues to pile up the points with three goals and two assists over the past week. He is tied for first in NCAA scoring.

  • William Lockwood’s season appears to be done as he will undergo surgery to repair his injured shoulder.

USHS

  • Rathbone appears to be still sidelined with an injury

EUROPE

Sweden

  • Elias Pettersson returned to Vaxjo’s lineup today – playing centre. He is expected to remain there for the next two weeks. He was held without a point toay.
  • Rodrigo Abols is on loan to BIK Karlskoga in Allsvenskan
  • Another week and no points for Gunnarsson.

  • Jonathan Dahlen had himself a decent week with three goals and one assist in two games since last Thursday. He is ranked first in points per game in Allsvenskan. He is expected to make a decision about moving to SHL later next week.

  • Abols appeared in two games for BIK – did not register a point.

Finland

  • Petrus Palmu with three assists in three games over the past week.
  • Olli Juolevi returned to TPS’ lineup today – he registered a secondary assist.

Russia

  • Nikita Tryamkin registered one goal and two assists in four games over the past week. He is still in the running for “Russian” Olympic team.
  • Dmitry Zhukenov appeared in one KHL game – he was held without a point.

Czech Republic

  • Lukas Jasek with zero points in one game this past week.

AHL

  • Since our last update – Cliff Watson was released from his professional tryout
  • Reid Boucher was re-assigned to the Comets and has torn it up since.
  • Nikolay Goldobin remains with the Canucks.
  • If you are looking for in-depth post-game reports about each Comets game – go to Cory Hergott’s author page here.

ECHL

  • MacKenze Stewart was held off the scoresheet this past week for the Kalamazoo Wings.
  • Good to see Lind, Gaudette, Dahlen, and Petterson all producing at rates that suggest they’ll make an impact in the NHL. When the NHL team’s this bad, it’s nice to at least have a little hope for the future.

  • Chris the Curmudgeon

    What are the odds that we see Adam Gaudette in a Canuck uniform before the end of this year? It seems likely that the team will want him to forego his senior year, and might be willing to incentivize that with a look at the NHL level for him. It goes without saying that they intend to offer him a contract. If the team can keep Pettersson on track to develop as a center, they’d be in pretty good shape for center depth with Elias, Bo and hopefully Gaudette.

    • It would be smart – give him a ten-game look at the end of the season, see if he can hack it at the NHL level, and plan for next season accordingly. If he struggles, plan for him to start in the AHL next year. If he puts up some points and doesn’t look out of place, pencil him in to next year’s lineup.

      • Puck Viking

        He is NHL ready. Hes one of the best players in the NCAA. Is Boeser, Kerfoot, Keller or Butcher not NHL ready?

        If this guy was a 1st round pick not one person would be asking if he is NHL ready. BTW he would be a 1st rounder if that draft was done again today, he is that good.

        • If you watch Gaudette’s highlight reels, he scores a lot of garbage goals and rebounds through hard work. He doesn’t have an elite skillset like Pettersson which will probably put his ceiling at a good middle 6 centre. Gaudette even said he was working to keep up with the competition at the last Canuck invite so Gaudette knows that there’s a lot of challenges before he can consider himself NHL ready. It’s too presumptive to say that every NCAA scoring star will automatically translate into an NHL ready player.

          • Rodeobill

            I remember that camp. That was what put him in the spotlight more for me as a fan, because he outplayed all our other “blue chip” prospects. I agree not every young prospect can make it in the bigs (we canucks fans have been privy to some misses) but his development curve is better than expected of him at the draft and in these times it’s good to have a little optimism where we can get it.

        • Not every player who kills it in the NCAA is immediately ready to step in and contribute in the NHL. He’s been great – he would definitely go a lot higher if 2015 was redrafted today. That doesn’t mean he’s ready to play against men in the best league in the world, and it would be foolish to assume he was and just automatically give him a spot on the team next year.

          • Ser Jaime Lannister

            Kid plays the kind of game that Green loves and his work ethic will have him on this team. Hes an upgrade on Gagner, Dowd, and Gaunce. We should be seeing Dahlen make the jump next year as well, spot will open up in the top 6 with Vanek gone.

    • argoleas

      I expect very good things from Gaudette as early as next season, but there is no problem if he starts in Utica next year. Benning suggested that Gaudette would start as 4th line C, which would be behind Horvat, Henrik, and Sutter.

    • wojohowitz

      A recent comment from his agent was; `A degree is nice to have`, but that may just be a negotiating tactic. If he is still on the General Studies Program rather than a major then he will probably sign this spring.

    • Puck Viking

      Hopefully they sign him this year but make the contract start for next season so they dont have to protect him in the expansion draft. He could sign a PTO and play with Utica in the playoffs I think and it wouldnt count towards expansion eligibility.

        • Puck Viking

          No it doesnt. Its called forward thinking. Playing a guy in 5 games at the end of loosing season for no reason vs. loosing a quality player for free because of it is just NOT clever.

          This franchise is full of mismanagement and doing things like this would just continue to hand cuff this franchise moving forward.

          • Killer Marmot

            We don’t know (1) when or even if Seattle will enter the league, nor (2) what the rules of the expansion draft will be when or if they do. Asset management is tough enough without trying to guess the unguessable.

            The top priority for Gaudette is to sign him before next fall. If the Canucks fail to do that, they may well have lost a valuable commodity.

            The second priority is get him some NHL experience this spring, so both he and the club know what he needs to work over the summer.

      • apr

        Too risky. He could just play hos 4th season and pull a Kerfoot/Hayes. The Nucks will have to give him the Boeser treatment to secure that he leaves school and signs with the team. This is a terrible loophole in the CBA that needs to be fixed. Either let close it for College kids, or have the same provisions to everyone else. That said, I am pretty confidant that he does sign and suits it up in the Spring.

        • Puck Viking

          Its not risky. If he doesnt want to do it then sign him for this season.

          Its probably the worst rule in the NHL. If you make a contract offer you should retain the players rights much the way you do with European players it should be no different than our current situation with Tryamkin.

        • Chris the Curmudgeon

          It’s not that risky. They can sign him to start in 2018 (which is still a year he would be making pro hockey player money and advancing his career rather than living in an on-campus dorm). It’s not usually necessary to throw the “ELC year burn” at a player to get them to sign an NHL contract out of college, sure they did it for Boeser but I don’t think it’s about to become standard practice or anything. A PTO with the Comets would be a good idea too, to give him a taste of pro hockey with the understanding that there’s a roster spot with the Canucks for him next year if he can show that he’s ready in the AHL playoffs (if the Comets make it) and next preseason.

          • crofton

            Another consideration would be the 2020(?) expansion draft and the ability to protect 1st and 2nd year pro players. Since we don’t know for sure when(if) that would be, caution is advised.

      • Chris the Curmudgeon

        I don’t know if it’s time to start planning for that quite yet, and besides, I think 2018 rookies would still require protection for a hypothetical 2020 expansion draft.

  • Rebuilds30

    Canucks Army and Nucks Misconduct sites have voted the Boston Bruins prospect pool as better than Vancouvers
    Bostons-68%
    Canucks-32%
    Thanks to both Canucks fans from Canucks Army as well as Nucks Misconduct for voting ..

  • Blind Side

    Interesting to see Pettersson at centre. We should all have our fingers crossed that he is able to show well in the middle. Without him at centre, this franchise has really backed itself into a corner. Horvat and Gaudette is not nearly enough depth at this critical position.

  • Burnabybob

    Thanks for these updates. I wonder if Dahlen will play in Utica next year, assuming he doesn’t make the big team.

    And looking ahead to the 2019 draft (since it’s never too early, when you are the fan of a cellar dweller) Bowen Byram looks like an intriguing possibility for the Canucks. He’s a fine-looking defenseman who plays for the Giants.

    • argoleas

      I believe the plan is for him to move to NA next season, and he seemed to confirm that in his interview this morning. Whether it is NHL or AHL will depend on training camp.